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Politecnico di Milano (2019)

Women c(a)reate. Women empowerment through art project (Iran)


Titre : Women c(a)reate. Women empowerment through art project (Iran)


Université de soutenance : Politecnico di Milano

Grade : Laurea Magistrale 2019

Women in Iran face several gender-based inequalities since gender gap between women and men is one of the most persistent and prominent social gaps in traditional Iranian society, which is in transition phase towards becoming more modern. Due to socio-cultural factors there are challenging dominant repressive characterizations of womanhood reflected through standards of beauty, sexuality, and gender roles. Gender equality and women’s empowerment has been growing over the past decades, women are at the forefront of change, working collectively to demand their rights. However, the condition is still very complex for women who are recovering drug addicts, as women’s addiction is a taboo in Iran. These women who also mostly suffered abuse, poverty and prejudice deal with several physical and mental health issues, they fail to express emotions, make meaningful connections with other people, and do normal day-to-day activities or pursuit any goals. It results in lack of self-esteem, isolation, depression and failure of recovery attempts. “Craft Therapy as work Therapy” which is proved to complement psychotherapy, is an integrative mental health and human services profession that improves the health through creative process, especially craft mediums such as textile art that engages hands and mind at the same time and doesn’t require complicated training. The practice of weaving dates back to more than 20,000 years ago, as one of the oldest human’s invention. Textile art that includes weaving, embroideries, tapestries, fiber arts, carpet design and more has undergone a significant transformation during the past century. It is and artistic media whose creators were exclusively or mainly women, excluded from the realm of "fine art" and merely described as “woman’s work” or “craft”. A group of Iranian women textile artists and designers are working on series of installations, each artist is creating her installation with a help of a group of women who are recovering addicts to provide them with creative healing opportunities, sense of meaningfulness and satisfaction. It is a collective effort towards female empowerment. The exhibition is called “WOMEN C(A)REATE” since these artists are trying to show that they care and prove that recovering addicts can create and be creative too. The exhibition will be held in Tehran at Niavaran Cultural Center, one of the oldest and few spaces designed and built specifically for artistic and cultural events. It encourages general public and elites including politicians and decision makers to hear and support them. The exhibition is a tool for collective empowerment, action, expression and negotiation.

Mots Clés  : arte ; empowerment ; modello GRACE ; sviluppo partecipativo ; design sociale


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